Grant Program Gives Chicago Area Residents a Chance to Make a Difference

October 08, 2010

Hey, Chicago residents: Can you think of a way in which you can improve your community? Now there’s a grant program to help you make that vision a reality.

Wireless company Cricket has launched the Cricket Community Voice program, a grant program that will provide residents in Chicago and surounding suburbs with the tools they need to make a difference in their communities.

Cricket Grant ProgramAnyone living in the area can apply through November 5 with an essay detailing the positive change they wish to bring to their community.

Ten winners will be chosen four times a year, and each will receive a grant of up to $2,000 to help make their ideas come to life.

An esteemed panel of renowned Chicagoans have been chosen to judge the entries:

*John Pfeiffer: CEO and Executive Director of Inspiration Corporation

*Suzy Yehl Marta: CEO and founder of Rainbows for All Children

*Miss Lori: Blogger and host of WTTW-PBS Chicago

*Marty Castro: President of Castro Synergies and chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission

*Rene Parson: Area General Manager, Cricket and co-chair of Cricket’s Diversity Council

“The Chicagoland area is well known for its community activism, and we’re excited to provide opportunities to residents to bring their great ideas to life through ‘Cricket Community Voices,”‘ said Parson. “This program, along with Cricket’s other community outreach efforts, give people the resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities.”

To enter, you must live within a community that Cricket services.

Your plan should:

*Detail a community service project

*Explain how you would use a Cricket grant

*Include clear objectives: The community it will serve, the problem the community faces, how the project will help the problem, the amount of grant money needed and the projected results.

Winning grants will be announced early next year.

You can enter at a participating Cricket Wireless location or online at www.chicagocommunityvoices.com.

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